Breakdown (1997)

Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C. Gainey,
A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.
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/ 10

Kurt Russell is excellent in this taunt, thrilling, non-stop action film.Russell plays Jeff, a husband who has to get his wife back after she'sabducted by a trucker after their jeep breaks down and she accepts a ridefrom him. Every actor is almost pitch perfect for the parts they play andthe movie was very enjoyable. J.T. Walsh is suitably menacing as Red,in mymind, but this IS Kurt's movie through and through. Mr. Russell has to beone of my favorite actors working today. And this film has to be one of thebest 'Chase for family member' type movie in the last decade..HIGHLYrecommended

My Grade: A

Where I saw it: HBO plus

9/10 / 10

I spent this Christmas 2004 in Hungary, and watched Breakdown on TV theother night. Yes it was dubbed into Hungarian, but I'd already seen thefilm in the cinema a few years ago. And you know what? I was still asthrilled watching it in Hungarian as when I saw it in the cinema. Why?Because it tells its story mostly in visuals, this for me is the realpower of a good film, using the images to tell the tale.

Kurt Russell is outstanding as the bewildered husband seeking hiskidnapped wife, and yes while it reminded me of the superb Dutch filmThe Vanishing (the original 1988 version not the terrible Hollywoodremake), and at times Spielberg's Duel, it still has a real freshnessabout it, with some great photography and direction.

Well worth a look, possibly Russell's best performance. 9/10

/ 10

This is great! The action and intensity never let up for a second. KurtRussell gives a riveting performance as the hero in search of his missingwife, and JT Walsh is a fine bad guy.

You will keep yourself on the edge of your seat the entire time and will notwant to turn it off, even at the end. It's that good. Ipromise.

If you like intensity and good movies, rent this one. You will not regretit.

*** out of ****

7/10 / 10

An action-suspense R-rated movie featuring Kurt Russell and a bunch ofevil kidnappers and extortioners who keep you riveted to your seatwondering what is going to happen next.

The story has no lulls and when it's over, you're worn out because ofthe high intensity action start-to-finish. It's actually a little toomuch.

Yes, it has it's implausible parts, and the language - mainly byRussell - could be cleaned up considerably - but it's so involving astory you get lost in it. It's decently filmed, too, particularly withthe desert scenery in the beginning. J. T. Walsh makes an excellentvillain, too.

7/10 / 10

Real gripping thriller, Russell though tends to be a bit of a wimp tostart with then starts getting angry, the storyline is good but some ofthe scenarios are a little disbelieving and you will tend to keepsaying things like "How come he has managed to escape and chase them soeasily?" "How come she did that?" etc

The scenery is real nice, fans of road movies will be pleased too withthe New Mexico landscapes and long quiet roads.

Worth a watch! We go into real redneck territory here also. I wouldlike to criticise some of the acting though, the delivery of some ofthe lines tends to be a tad wooden in places (not so much from Russell)but I don't suppose the all non-star cast could expect Oscars.